Friday, February 4, 2011

Union Square


Today's picture shows a scene in New York City in 1903. A street vendor can be seen selling flowers in Union Square. What a peaceful scene this is. This would have been a wonderful time to live. I guess if you think about it though, these people would have then lived through World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II. I hope they enjoyed this tranquil moment, and it makes me ponder what might lay ahead in our own future.

13 comments:

  1. That is a good way to keep flowers fresh. Bring them down still potted.
    I wonder if he is selling them fresh cut, and I mean really fresh cut, or is he selling the potted flower. If he justs cuts then, then he can grow more flowers.
    Very interesting.

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  2. The hats in this photo are interesting. Everyone is wearing a hat. People don't wear hats much anymore, you rarely see one (well except in my neck of the woods - all the men wear cowboy hats or ball caps). I remember all the hats my mother had in the 50's. I wonder what happened to them.

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  3. No women in the entire photo.
    Lots of manly interest in flowers.
    Two men hidden in the flowers behind the man on one knee, wrapping up a pot?
    Interesting!

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  4. I suppose they are all on their way home for Mother's Day lunch.
    Did Mother's Day exist in 1903?

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  5. The first Mother's Day was celebrated May 10, 1908. Some of these people may have already survived a horrible depression - the Depression of 1893-1898.

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  6. There's still lots of nice old buildings at Union Square. They still sell flowers and produce out in the open. One big difference is you won't see too many people who look as normal as they do in today's picture.

    John

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  7. I just cant understand the difference between this tranquil scene and this one:

    http://www.shorpy.com/node/9856

    which was happening about the same time. The differences between the have's and have not's was so huge. Seeing this makes life back then seem wonderful but really only for the few.

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  8. Sometimes it seems like I'd very much like to go back in live in such a calm and peaceful time.

    But then I remember that my great grandfather died from simple influenza in 1916.

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  9. Perhaps it's the camera that attracted so many males (tee-hee).
    Fresh flowers daily was a common practice in homes that could afford it . I would continue the practice if there wasn't so much winter around here .

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  10. The economy was depressed in the 1890s too. My husband's grandmother spoke of it to me. These folks (in your photo) might have survived that depression and gone on to more severe conditions. So indeed -- perhaps a calm between "storms".

    reference: David O. Whitten, Auburn University. "The Depression of 1893 was one of the worst in American history with the unemployment rate exceeding ten percent for half a decade."

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  11. Looks like a lovely Handsome Cab in the background. Great photo.

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  12. I love this time period too. It is curious what seems to have grabbed all their attention. There are a few other things I like about this time period: giant flags on the tops of many buildings, hansom cabs, and cool monuments with nice looking statues (although there seems to be a pedestal without a statue in the background here).

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